BERKELEY -- If, when you saw the name Quentin Tartabull flash across your commitment feed, and that name seemed familiar, there's a good reason: California's newest safety commit is the son of former Major League slugger Danny Tartabull, and the grandson of Jose Tartabull, who played in the majors from 1962 through 1970.
Tartabull – a hard-hitting, speedy defensive back born the year before his father retired– tried following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, but deep down, he knew he wasn't destined to play baseball.
"I played baseball for a couple of years, and I just realized that I was too crazy for that sport," Tartabull says. "It just moved too slow for me, so I started to play football and just fell in love with it."
Tartabull also fell in love with Cal on his first visit up to Berkeley, thanks in no small part to the coaching of defensive backs coach Randy Stewart.
"It just felt very comfortable," Tartabull says. "We talked about not just football. He talked to me like a person, taught me life lessons. He was actually a very cool guy, and we got along the whole time. He's very cool to talk to."
After working out with Stewart on Sunday morning, Tartabull, his mother and grandfather went on a whirlwind tour of campus and the facilities, and soon, he felt himself falling head over heels.
"They just gave me love, and showed me around the whole place, and showed me all the help that I could have. The beautiful trees all around the school, the buildings, just everything, I fell in love with – the town, all of it."
After the tour, he and his family went into the coaching offices, where the magic finally happened.
"The coolest part was really being in that meeting with all of the coaches: Coach [Sonny] Dykes, Coach Stewart and Coach [Andy] Buh," says Tartabull. "When they started talking offer, they basically asked what my plan was, and when I told them that I would commit if they offered me and they did, that was the coolest part."
Tartabull had intense interest from a variety of big-time programs, but none of them had yet pulled the trigger on an offer, despite his length, athleticism, 39-inch vertical leap and his smooth-striding, hard-hitting defense.
"I had a lot of schools just ready to offer – Oregon State, USC, Washington, Utah, Tennessee – they were all ready to offer, but then this came, and I committed," says Tartabull. "It was a complete surprise. I just thought today was just a visit, that they were going to see how I looked and then they were going to go back to evaluating. We started talking, and they just threw it out there, and it felt great."
When it came time to say ‘yes,' it wasn't just Quentin committing.
"I had my mom and my grandfather here, my people to go to, and I could tell that they were feeling the school, and they could tell that I was feeling the school," says Tartabull. "We talked about it, and we all really committed together."
Beyond the Commitment: Quentin Tartabull
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